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Linking Regions and Central Governments

Contracts for Regional Development

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A trend toward decentralisation has meant that sub-national governments increasingly find themselves responsible for providing a host of public goods and services. Rarely, however, can they "go it alone". Co-ordination among levels of government is imperative. This book offers a unique analytic framework for assessing multi-level governance arrangements, which is subsequently applied to five case studies of regional development policy: Canada, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain. The book reveals the importance of contractual arrangements for customised management of interdependencies, for clarifying responsibilities among actors, for dialogue, and for learning.

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The Case of France

This chapter applies the analytic framework presented in Chapter 1 to the use of Contrats de Plan Etat-Région (CPER) as the primary mechanism for regional planning in France. It begins with an overview of the organisation of French government and the recent history with regard to decentralisation. It then provides an in-depth look at the overarching co-ordination context and the CPER as a contractual mechanism, before turning to an analysis of the CPER in practice.

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